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Report: Robinson Cano didn't want to play for Joe Girardi

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08:57 AM ET 12.08 | According to three people who know Robinson Cano, he didn't enjoy playing for manager Joe Girardi and that may have factored into the decision, though the Mariners giving him $60 million more than the Yankees offered ($175 million) likely had more to do with him leaving. "Robbie didn't like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order," one person said. "The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value]." Through the middle of June, Cano shuttled between second and third in a lineup that didn't have Derek Jeter to hit second or Rodriguez in the cleanup spot.

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December 8, 2013  08:58 AM ET

It's The Money, Bro.

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December 8, 2013  09:38 AM ET

You can take your extra 60 mill, bat where you want in the Northwest, and the biggest part of the county will see you do anything and soon you will be forgotten.

December 8, 2013  09:41 AM ET

The Yankees have taken notice what the Cards did when number 5 left, improving their club with more than one need by not signing Cano.

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December 8, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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"Robbie didn't like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order," one person said. "The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value]."if this is really true?then in re-enforces my thoughts that NY made the right choice

100% agree. I am liking the changes more everyday.

December 8, 2013  10:03 AM ET

Robbie-If you have issues with a manager like Girardi who never rips any player to the press and defends you for not running hard all the time and hanging your head when things do not go your way, and covers for your post season disappearances at bat, then you did the right thing to move on....the money is just a bonus.

December 8, 2013  10:04 AM ET

The interns lifted this story from a NY Post article which ran on Friday. Not exactly breaking news.

December 8, 2013  10:06 AM ET

Two 15 million dollar players are worth more to the team than one 30 million dollar player. The Yankees did not seem to really want him. I don't blame them if this is true.

December 8, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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The interns lifted this story from a NY Post article which ran on Friday. Not exactly breaking news.

The interns have rarely been timely or relevant in their selection of articles to post. Nothing new here!

December 8, 2013  10:19 AM ET
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Two 15 million dollar players are worth more to the team than one 30 million dollar player. The Yankees did not seem to really want him. I don't blame them if this is true.

If after nine years you are considered the best player on the field for a team but never any thought to being considered a " team" leader in any other sense, then something is missing. Ya never heard anyone even mention him as the " next team captain" when Jeter is gone. Tells you something about the internals of a team.

December 8, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The interns lifted this story from a NY Post article which ran on Friday. Not exactly breaking news.

Just another day in FN'ville.

December 8, 2013  10:34 AM ET

And!

December 8, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Looks like the Yankees are taking a lesson from the Red Sox , bashing a player on the way out the door.................nice.

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December 8, 2013  12:16 PM ET
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Looks like the Yankees are taking a lesson from the Red Sox , bashing a player on the way out the door.................nice.

Unless you are implying that the Yankee brass leaked these details to the media after Cano left, I disagree. The Yanks management has said nothing but complimentary things about Cano.

If you read the article, it sounds like one of Cano's friends passed this tidbit along to the author of the article.

December 8, 2013  12:17 PM ET
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They've done it for years.Signed, Bernie Williams

You need to go to your room and not come out until you can say something nice about the Yankees.

December 8, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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I'm very sorry. The Yankees are the most classy and most successful organization in the history of professional sports.

That's better.

 
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